G.U.S. NITPICKS!! (v. 3)
I've tried most of the spas in the Timog/Tomas Morato area, but somehow overlooked this one. Probably because the building complex where it is located also houses a McDonald's outlet, and i try to stay away from Ronald McDonald. And this particular McDo has a giant french fries rising from its structure. . .so tacky!!!
Out of curiousity, i did give SPA 168 a try today. It can best be described as a no-frills spa; it just offers a one-hour massage (your choice of Swedish, Shiatsu, or combination) along with steam/shower, etc. Price is at PHP350.00 (common room) and PHP450.00 (VIP room). None of that body wrap or body scrub using exotic fruits or condensed milk nonsense here :D
The men's locker and shower area was rather small, but clean. I must say, though, that the blue-colored shorts and robe they give you to wear after your shower evoke thoughts of being a patient readied for the operating room. Not very pleasant at all. And the guy manning the locker gave me this pair of shorts which were way too big. Granted that i'm at least 20 lb overweight, but hey, my waistline isn't the same as Shaq's, you know?!
Anyway, onwards to the massage. This is what matters most anyway, diba? (which is why i'm in no particular hurry to go back to Nurture Spa, Tagaytay, but that's another story) This is where SPA 168 delivers, i think.
It was actually very good; i wouldn't say one of the best ever i've had, but definitely better than some massages i've gotten in other spas which charged nearly double the price. I even fell asleep at the end, which rarely ever happens.
All in all, quite good value for money. [clap clap]
(SPA 168 is at Dallas Commercial Building, located at Tomas Morato corner A. Roces Ave., Quezon City)